Trump Admin Wants to End Time Limit on Holding Migrant Children

Following massive outcry over its detention policies for migrant children, the Trump administration has a new solution – or, well, “solution.” Instead of doing anything to abbreviate the amount of time children are detained, officials want to amend the rules so children can legally be held for longer periods of time.

The courts recently reaffirmed that the Flores settlement, a rule established back in 1997 that forbid the government from both keeping immigrant kids in jails or holding them for more than 20 days, is still a standard that must be meant. Apparently, since this White House can’t imagine a scenario that doesn’t involve keeping kids contained for less than three weeks, it has filed a new proposal to amend the timeframe.

If the Trump administration gets its way, kids could be held for the entire duration of immigration cases – we’re talking months.

The White House is in a quandary – it wants to lock up immigrants it doesn’t believe should be in the country, but the blowback on separating children from their parents makes that too difficult to accomplish. The “compromise” it is willing to make is to detain parents and children together in facilities during ongoing cases, but since these cases don’t tend to wrap up in 20 days, it needs permission to jail house the kids indefinitely.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen blamed what she called “legal loopholes” for preventing the government from simply immediately deporting kids and adults alike, which is a bogus way to gloss over legitimate amnesty claims.

In its new proposal, the administration promises to uphold the previous gist of the Flores agreement by treating kids with “dignity, respect and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors.”

Oh, please. In light of recent events, anyone who doubts that commitment would be forgiven for doing so. Since the Trump administration has a track record of treating immigrants with straight up vindictiveness, there shouldn’t be a lot of trust in the idea that it’s now pursuing this course to make things “better” for migrant children.

Lawyers representing migrant families have already vowed to take on this latest proposal in court. Hopefully, judges will continue to be unsympathetic to the court’s point of view. As U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee expressed earlier this year, the Trump White House’s actions are a “cynical attempt… to shift responsibility to the judiciary for over 20 years of congressional inaction and ill-considered executive action that have led to the current stalemate.”

To date, there are still about 500 children who are detained and separated from their parents, well past deadlines set by the courts to fix the situation.

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12 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y8 days ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Y8 days ago

thanks

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Paulo R
Paulo R10 days ago

just a ruthless, callous administration. ty

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Camilla V
Camilla Vaga10 days ago

poor kids

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john casablanca
john casablanca11 days ago

Interesting article. But what else would you expect form a RACIST ADMINISTRATION. THEY SHOULD ALL BE JAILED - ESPECIALLY STEPHEN MILLER, WHO CREATED ZERO TOLERANCE and like a PUPPET, Comrade, Don the Con or should it be Don Corleone (his dream come true to be the head of a family with LOYALTY being the frame of their existence - except Comrade, Don, the Con is too stupid to be the head of anything but the TRUMPF FAMILY) accepted this ILLEGAL AND INHUMANE POLICY. Hopefully before they perish from this earth, they will pay dearly for all the suffering they have created. MUST REPLACE THE HOUSE and SENATE WITH THE PRESENT DO NOTHING REPUBLICANS - VOTE NOVEMBER 6, 2018.
John C.Houston, Tx.

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Marija M
Marija M11 days ago

Carol, thank you for saying.

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Chad A
Chad A12 days ago

Thank you.

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Joan E
Joan E12 days ago

How long do we have to put up with this evil imbecile? Let the children go. Lock up the Trump Administration. Most of them have pleaded guilty already anyway.

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Leo C
Leo Custer12 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Leo C
Leo Custer12 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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